“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
It has been a few years since I have blogged and will be doing my best to do more regular writing here. The blog may contain some thoughts from a recent or upcoming sermon, comments on current events or social issues, news about what is going on at Berean Baptist Church, just random thoughts and opinions, or who knows? The posts may be a blessing to you, or make you crazy mad, but always remember that you don’t have to read them. I hope you do though. I hope they help you. I hope you share them. Having said that…here goes…
The Bible says in the verse mentioned above, that we are to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify God. This is what we intend to do at Berean Baptist Church. I am very proud to be an Independent Fundamental Baptist pastor. I am proud of my heritage, doctrinal and social stands, everything.
Unfortunately, I think we have focused so much on “being right” that we have forgot to actually “do right”. I endeavor as a child of God and a Baptist pastor, to be “Baptist in creed, and Christian in deed.” DOING christianity in a way in this world and before men, so that my Heavenly Father will be glorified. God wants you to “do works” to be seen, so that people can see Him in you. The Scriptures are very clear on this point. That is why we do a “LoveWorks Campaign” each year at our church.
Starting this upcoming Monday, we will be taking two weeks (with other events and projects throughout the year) and doing all sorts of things for our community. We put on LoveWorks t-shirts and arm ourselves with LoveWorks tracts and we get out beyond the walls of our church campus and BE Christians. We will do everything from handing out free coffee and donuts to commuters on our local trains, feed the homeless in family shelters, and feed our local firefighters and law enforcement personnel. We will bring care packages to NICU nurses with gifts, bring refreshments in the middle of the night to people stuck waiting in Emergency Rooms, clean up graffiti, bring coffee and donuts to teachers at local schools, and even build a community garden for one of them. We will go to local laundromats and pay for people’s laundry to be done, while we feed them lunch, give them the gospel, and just maybe listen? I could go on and on with the activities that we will be doing, but the point is simply this…
What good is our Christianity if we don’t practice it? How can we say we have compassion when it doesn’t move us to action? What good does it do to be sooooo right, but do wrong? I love this outreach. I wish I had more money to spend and more people to work. You may think, “You’re just doing that so people see you?” Um…yep.